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Dec 9, 2013 6:00am PST
. >>> president obama is in the air right now headed to south africa to honor nelson mandela. security is tight as the soccer stadium there hosts dozens of the most important world leaders. >>> mary landrieu cast the deciding vote for obama care. >> southern democrats under attack. could republicans turn the state red by picking off a few vulnerable dems?
Dec 10, 2013 6:00am PST
saw president obama shaking hands with cuba's president, castro. when south africa's current president took the stage, you could hear the crowd booing. >> graca michel -- [ speaking foreign language ] the entire mandela family. >> the government is playing ten days of tributes to nelson mandela. sunday was the national day of prayer. for the rest of the week, mandela will lie in state in pretoria, where he was originally tried and sentenced to life in prison. he'll be buried in the small rural town of his ancestry on sunday. the events over the next few days will cover more than 600 miles and it starts with today's memorial in soweto. mandela's casket will travel to pretoria and friday will be buried 555 miles south. i'm joined lester holt in south africa. lester, paint the picture what's going on there now. and how did folks brave the elements so far? >> well, chuck, first of all, forgive odd-looking microphone. i'm told it's the best way to deal with the very loud sound over here. i know it looks a little weird. anyway, this is about to end. it's gone on for about four hours. thft, i
Dec 6, 2013 6:00am PST
including a young barack obama called for the universities to end investments in south africa. free nelson mandela was a popular cry and pressure grew for sanctions. it was not just jesse helmings who had staged a filibuster to block a martin luther king holiday and blocked sanctions against south africa, president ronald reagan was against sanctions against south africa opening up a split in the gop. after the government crack said down on anti-apartheid protests in reagan's first term will killing more than 2,000 blacks and imprisoning thousands, they had a party of constructionive engagement. >> this is a sovereign nation. you ka can't tell them how to run their country. >> after may passed sanctions, reagan vetoed the bill in september. >> i think the simple case is that punitive sanctions that would affect the economy there would not only be disruptive to surrounding states that are linked to south africa's economy and be punitive to the people that we want to help. i think that up on the hill there whatever intentions there may be, they are asking for something that would not
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